"Vrt/Garden" Juraj Klovic Gallery (Damijan Kracina &
Rijeka (Croatia), 2002
On the basis of forming dychotomies: elitism versus
populism, avantgarde versus kitch one can bring forth the following
opposition as well: conceptualism versus ambiance.
In terms of visual art Garden goes over the installation
genre in order to exist as an isolated capsule in which the visitor
becomes an observer who reacts primarily on sensations.
Ambiance makes an integral impact and does not allow
observers to be passive and untouchable; moreover, a visitor cannot
take control over the selection of what is going to be heard, seen
The power of ambiance derives from its ability to use man’s innate
openness of perception. This can be other people’s opinions we usually
don’t accept easily and at once, nor do we often understand without
pondering it. Moreover we hardly defend ourselves from smells or sounds.
Advertising, video or animation using 25 frames per second brakes
into the memory without making itself known to us. All this data lies
there like raw material running beyond man’s consciousness
to be used later without knowing where it came from.
Garden is not steady in giving us delight, there appears a crack between
tame ambience of peaceful green grass (on the slide and video projection)
and an anxious unccompanionable man-kangaroo. The hybrid being called
Mr. Spag turns the story around for the worse in the direction of
uneasy and unfriendly living in the world polluted by economy, culture,
art and industry. In this sense Mr. Spag means all things primeval
and unspoiled. In this place a fable starts to run about lost paradise
and anxiety which has been experienced as a distorted mirror image.
Here ecology appears by reflecting man’s relation to nature. This
fact is not harmless at all given that ecologies rise directly from
natural law. As a regulative principle in every existing community/society
the law shows the structure of the society. Every ecology* is founded
upon the difference between nature and culture.
Considering to whom is given the “right to live” we can figure out
where man has put himself within the social hierarchy.
The youngest of three ecologies gives the ultimate right to the biosphere,
thus to all beings. Luc Ferry comments in his book Le nouvel ordre
écologique that the dominant humanism nowadays concedes the right
to live to man as the sole and unique being, so that man became the
only subject of law and this is the fertile soil for the increasing
colonisation of the Earth.
* In literature there are three ecologies considering attitudes towards
nature. Here i’m referring to the book Le nouvel ordre écologique
by Luc Ferry.
The first and the oldest ecology stands up for man who has to be protected
with help from nature. Nature is not considered as subject of the
The second one gives rights to beings other than humans with a claim
that a man has to make the least possible amount of suffering in the
The third one stands up for more than living beings (plants, natural
resources). Here they are equally considered as subjects of law.